iPhone users begin receiving compensation payments in Batterygate lawsuit

iPhone users begin receiving compensation payments in Batterygate lawsuit

Apple is starting to send compensation to iPhone users: the manufacturer deliberately slowed down iPhones due to too fast battery drain, reports MacRumors.

In 2020, Apple agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in the US that accused the company of “secretly limiting” the performance of some iPhone models. Claimants finally started receiving payments this week.

The website of the so-called Batterygate states that the payments have started on schedule. MacRumors readers Ken Strand and Michael Burkhardt are among the people who have already received payments of $92.17 from Apple as part of the settlement.

Recall that the lawsuit was filed in December 2017, shortly after Apple reduced the maximum performance of some iPhone models with “chemically aged” batteries to prevent the devices from unexpectedly turning off.

The company introduced this power management system in iOS 10.2.1, but did not initially mention the changes in the release notes for this update. It apologized for the lack of transparency and temporarily lowered the price of iPhone battery replacements to $29 in 2018.

Apple insists it did not do anything legally wrong, but agreed to accept the settlement to “avoid burdensome and expensive litigation.”

The lawsuit affects US residents who owned an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, or iPhone SE running iOS 10.2.1, and an iPhone 7 and 7 Plus running iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017. The deadline for submitting a claim for payment expired in October 2020.

Note that Apple continues to use the performance management system on the iPhone 6 and newer models.

ProIT previously reported that Apple will once again sell the latest Apple Watch models: a US court has temporarily lifted the ban on imports.

We also reported that Apple wants to use news to train its AI models.

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